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Cameron's performance at Downing Street meeting most unconvincing - McGuinness

27 March, 2013


Speaking today after yesterday’s meeting in Downing Street, deputy First Minister Martin McGuinness said that yesterday’s performance by David Cameron in Downing Street was the most unconvincing performance he had witnessed from a British Prime Minister.

Mr McGuinness said:

"I have in the course of the past 20 years dealt directly with three British Prime Ministers and three US Presidents. I have to say yesterday’s performance by David Cameron in Downing Street was the most unconvincing performance I have witnessed throughout that time by any of them.

“On the issue of Corporation Tax I have little confidence that Mr Cameron has any intention of transferring these powers even after the Scottish Referendum is out of the way.

“In Downing Street yesterday, as I had done last week with President Obama, I pressed him on the failure of the British government to honour the financial package which flowed from the St. Andrews Agreement. The £4bn shortfall in this package has had a direct impact on the construction industry here.

“I also once again raised the approach of his government to the issue of Welfare Reforms and the attack on the most vulnerable and ordinary hard working families here. Again I was unimpressed by Mr Cameron’s response.

“I have on a number of occasions throughout his time as British Prime Minister been critical of the approach of David Cameron to both the Executive and Assembly and indeed the management of the wider Peace Process. The events of this week show clearly that my criticisms were well founded.

“It is now up to the Executive working collectively to map out a way forward on the important issues of Economic Recovery, Job Creation and Welfare Reform. It is up to the British Government on the other hand to rethink their approach and honour the commitments made at St. Andrew’s and to act on the issue of Corporation Tax a policy for years promoted by the Tory party.”

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